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Crazy Quilt Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Crazy Quilt Pineapple Upside Down Cake

A classic with a new look. During the Christmas holidays, use red and green maraschino cherries.

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 (20 ounce) can pineapple slices, cut into small chunks
  • Maraschino cherries
  • 1 box yellow or pineapple cake mix
  • Whipped cream (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Pour melted butter in 13 x 9-inch pan and sprinkle with brown sugar.
  2. Arrange pineapple chunks and cherries on top of brown sugar.
  3. Combine cake mix with water, oil and eggs as called for on the box in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer at medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour over pineapple and cherries in pan.
  4. Bake for 40 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Cool cake on wire rack for 5 minutes.
  6. Run knife around sides of pan to loosen cake. Invert cake onto serving platter.
  7. Drizzle any remaining pan juices over cake.
  8. Serve warm or cool with a dollop of whipped cream, if desired.

Variations:

At Christmas time, use both red and green maraschino cherries for a festive look.

After arranging pineapple and cherries in the pan, sprinkle 1/3 cup chopped walnuts or pecans over the top, then proceed with pouring the batter.